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Protesters hold a rally with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in support of a lawsuit against the army Corps of Engineers and plans for the Dakota Access Pipeline outside the US district court in Washington DC on Wednesday.


Standing Bear circa 1834 - 1908 Ponca tribe. Argued successfully in U.S. District Court in 1879 in Omaha that Native Americans are "persons within the meaning of the law" and have the right to habeas corpus


SS Lt Col Kurt Werner Lischka was the Gestapo chief in occupied Paris. He led the operation that incarcerated 30,000 German Jews right after Crystal Night pogrom in 1938. In France, Lischka was responsible for the largest single mass deportation of Jews in Occupied France. After the war, he disappeared and it was not until 1980 that he was arrested in Cologne where he was working as a judge (!!) under his own name. He was given a 10-year sentence but was released early and died in 1989.


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members with Earthjustice attorneys at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, on August 24, 2016, the day of a hearing on a temporary restraining order requesting to halt construction of the pipeline.


The first African American woman to graduate from the University of Texas School of Law, Gloria Bradford entered law school in 1951 and graduated with her LL.B. in 1954. After graduation, she practiced civil and criminal law with the Houston firm of Dent, Ford, King, and Wickliff. In October 1954, Ms. Bradford became the first African American woman to try a case in a Harris County district court. The Law School’s Bradford Society is named in her honor.


Alexander Williams, Jr. served as judge in US District Court, District of Maryland. in He received a B.A. degree from Howard University in 1970, the M.A. from Howard University, and a J.D. degree from Howard University School of Law in 1973. He received the M.A. degree from Temple University.


Jan. 30, 1835: President Andrew Jackson survives the first presidential assassination attempt. An unemployed house painter fired two shots at Jackson but they misfired. The 67-year-old President raised his cane to beat his attempted assassin. Portrait of Jackson via Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery by Ralph Eleaser Whiteside Earl (Transfer from U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 1954.11.12.)


Diane Humetewa, member of the Hopi Tribe and the first Native American woman to serve as a federal judge. She will be the third Native American federal judge in history and the only one currently active.


Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005) -Wrote the original complaint for Brown v. Board of Education -The first African-American woman to argue a case before the US Supreme Court -The first African-American woman elected to the NY State Senate -The first female Manhattan Borough President -The first female African-American district court judge


Paulette Brown to become first African-American woman to head the American Bar Association - The Boston Globe

Paulette Brown is the first black woman to lead the 400,000 - member American Bar Association, which until 1943, did not allow African-Americans to join. She is a graduate of Howard University and Seton Hall Law School. #BlackHistory